Voter turnout reaches 50 percent, over 80 percent of seats declared

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) has reported a 50 percent voter turnout so far, with the ongoing counting in Honiara. 

In response to SIBC’s request for updates on the voter turnout, Chief Electoral Officer and Commissioner Jasper Highwood Anisi stated that they would finalise the data once all counting is complete and results are announced. 

He emphasised that the current data is based on results received from the counting centres. 

“We do not have the total voter turnout because some results are yet to be announced. Once all results are in, we will have a clear picture of the voter turnout. We have noted that the progress is around 50 to 60 percent at the moment, depending on the availability of all figures we get from the counting venues.” 

“I can assure you that once we receive all the figures, we will provide a more accurate percentage so that we can determine the turnout for this election,” CEO Anisi said. 

The Electoral Commission is working around the clock to ensure smooth operations and accurate counting. 

At an election briefing on Saturday, SIEC Chief Electoral Officer highlighted that over 80 percent of seats have been declared. 

“We have observed that 81 percent of seats across our electorates have been declared. For Parliamentary, 68 percent of seats have been declared, Provincial Assembly 86 percent and 82 percent for the Honiara City Council.” 

CEO Anisi said that results will be announced once receive and verified. 

“Again, I emphasise that the count is not a race.” 

“However, as you see, there is now a surge of results and the great majority of seats have been declared for parliament, provincial assemblies and the Honiara City Council,” he said.